View Full Version : Phortse to Tengboche trail, leaving soon.

31st May 2006, 10:37 AM
I'm going to do the Gokyo Lakes Trek and it does not go through Tengboche but I would like to see it none the less. Which would be the best way to accomplish this, I don't want to add an extra day if I don't have to but I realize It might be the only reasonable way to do it. I'm leaving for Nepal in two days so the faster the replies the better.

Option 1:
I have a couple free days in Namchee to acclimatize, I was wondering if I could kick one of these and just start early and head to tengboche. The next day I would take the trail to Phortse. I have only read about this trail in one book, and they talked about going down it so I don't know how difficicult or long it is. It's a net 400m gain in altitude for the day (750 max) so that is another problem and I would have to add a day most likely and stop at tengboche.

Option 2:
Reverse of Option 1 pretty much. I would go from Phortse down the trail to tengboche and then on to Namchee bazaar. It's all descent so I don't have to worry about altitude, but is this a reasonable feat for 1 day.

There is little info on this trail, as it's inbetween the EBC and Gokyo treks but Tengboche seems very interesting. Thanks for the help!
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31st May 2006, 12:28 PM
To be honest, and this doesn't really answer your question, but I think Tengboche is a complete dump and holds little interest other than the monastery. I don't think you would be missing out in the least if you avoided it altogether.

Personally, if you want to go on somwhere instead of two nights in Namche (bearing in mind the risk you are taking with the altitude), I would go to Khumjung and Khunde which are far more interesting than Tengboche by a long long way or go and visit Thame, which also has a nice gompa and the trail to it is also nice.

The trail to Tengboche is fairly horrific. You drop all the way down to the river then have a 700m slog up to Tengboche. I remember it as the worst trekking hill I have been up in the Khumbu.

Also if you want to forego the two nights in Namche being in Khumjung or Khunde will mean you can descend to Namche easily if you feel ill as you are only an hour or so away. Going to Tengboche on your way to Gokyo seems like a pointless detour to me. An extra day in Gokyo would be time far better spent.


31st May 2006, 01:01 PM
That's a much better answer than I could have hoped for. That monastery pops up in every book all the time so I thought I needed to see what was up but I have no problem with ditching that idea now. I'll look up those places and see if I can fit them in. Thanks for the advice, greatly appreciated.
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31st May 2006, 05:02 PM
I'd go along with Escher on this one, Tengboche is a bit of a .....nothing. The hill is indeed rather nasty and quite steep on either side of the river, although there is an interesting patch of white sand half way up the Tengboche side where if you suspend your imagination for a second you could almost pretent to be at the beach :)

I actually thought that the views for the first half of the trail were really good, high up on the valley wall as you are at that point. I even saw a herd(?) of Thar along this section. Not that I think that necessarily makes up for the climb up the other side of the river nor Tengboche itself.

Spending 2 nights in Namche is actually quite a good break after the initial first couple of days on the trail.

Have a great trip!

31st May 2006, 05:41 PM
Thanks for the advice. I'd just decided to probably make a day trip of Khumjung and Khunde, as one of my trek books has a nice 4-5 hour hike that should be interesting. One more question, and this should be much easier to answer, if I'm going up to Gokyo (probably Gokyo Ri too) will I need a heavy jacket, gloves, and that sort of stuff. I know it gets hold at high altitudes, but I'll be there in June and I don't want to bring my down jacket unless I will really need it. Thanks again for the help.
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31st May 2006, 06:26 PM
I havent been in June so not sure about the weather, but yes at high altittude it does get cold, plus wind chill etc, is your duvet jacket bulky? Its in the evening, it gets cold once the sun has gone down, and when you have worked hard and cooled down, then i think its worth having, it aslo has that nice comfort feeling, how much do you feel the cold? I have a down jacket that is light and thin, but still warm, so i would take that to wear in the evening, but not to wear during the day or whilst walking.

31st May 2006, 08:10 PM
I have one of those bulky north face puffy jackets. I can compress it really small, it's just one more thing to worry about though. I can stand the cold pretty well living in the Northern midwest all my life. I"ll probably end up taking it though. Thanks.
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1st June 2006, 08:57 PM
Actually I enjoy Tengboche but don't stay there. I stay in Debouche which is about 15 moinutes up the trail. I spent 3 days there for the mani Rimdu festival which was amazing.
All said though if you are not going through Tengboche spend your time as Escher says over in Thame etc.

12th June 2006, 11:52 AM
I am leaving soon also and doing close to the same trek as you. I'm not going to bring my down jacket and just my north face fleece, since I am coming from one state north of you I think I can handle the cold. I also have a light windproof/rainproof coat that fits over pretty much anything. I'm starting my trek around mid June. I'm just going to be layering it quite a bit, don't want the extra weight.

13th June 2006, 02:51 AM
If you are worried about the cold temperatures I am sure that Niyatri will volunteer to keep you warm. :D Anyway...be sure to write some info when you get back. I am interested to know what type of temps and how much rain there will be when I am there in August/Sept.

have a safe trip


6th September 2006, 10:37 PM

There is no route in the urgent slope from the bridge to the Tengboche Gompa.
It is near when the trash of the Gompa comes out.:mad:

9th September 2006, 03:16 AM
Nice pictures, Nice detail, it is a shame that it is too late. And you are right, it is too bad about all the trash right there.